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Gonorrhea is one of the most common STDs in the United States and can lead to infertility in men and women. It is both treatable and preventable, though scientists have discovered a new strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to all currently utilized antibiotics.

Symptom Overview

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection very common among young adults. Gonorrhea can infect the urinary tract, vagina, mouth or anus. Gonorrhea does not always cause symptoms, and previous infection may reduce the chances of symptoms.

When symptoms occur women and men may experience the following:


  • Thick yellow or gray discharge from the vagina
  • Burning or pain when you urinate or have a bowel movement
  • Abnormal periods or bleeding between periods
  • Cramps and pain the lower abdomen


  • Thick yellow or greenish drip from the penis
  • Burning or pain when you urinate or have a bowel movement
  • Need to urinate more often
  • Swollen or tender testicles


Gonorrhea is a common STD in the US – about 800,000 people get Gonorrhea every year, but less than half of those infections are reported and treated. Rates are particularly high among young people. In the St. Louis metropolitan area, there were 5,017 reported cases of Gonorrhea in 2011.


  • Having anal, vaginal, or oral sex with someone.
  • Gonorrhea can still be transmitted even if a man does not ejaculate
  • Spread from an untreated mother to her baby during childbirth


Urine collection has become a common way of detecting gonorrhea. It can also be detected on a swab taken from the penis, vagina, rectum, or throat.

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